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that congress passed in order to declare obamacare constitutional, which is a little scary, that that highest justices in the land would take that sort of activist role and you mentioned france, dan, that's scary. the back drop of this whole presidential year is europe. we know where the path leads. and the turmoil and welfare states and how unsustainability and the high unemployment that comes with them and that was the back drop of our presidential campaign. >> paul: okay, the voters said, yeah, we're going to keep moving in that direction, kim. i mean, how, what do you think the electorate is here, behind the choices that jason just suggested they might be? >> barack obama won this election by very effectively making this a referendum about his opponent, mitt romney. so if you went out and you asked most americans, do you think barack obama did a great job in his first term? do you want significantly higher taxes? do you want the government to do nothing about spending? are you happy with obamacare? most would say no, but in the end the choice was between a president who said things aren't
to serve in the u.s. congress, and got over 67 bills passed through congress including title seven, head start, national student loan program, but that preacher dr. butts had lifts us to the seventh heaven with his oratory and after the service was over as i followed the platform party out to the foyer of that great cathedral there i looked up and i beheld a beautiful quilt at the center of many other quilts that the quilting ministry of friendship church had put on display, and when i saw that quilt that caught my eye i said to the pastor "dr. clifford jones, i want that quilt. i want that quilt ." dr. jones says "it's yours". when he took me to the car the limousine was there waiting for me and before i close the door i looked at him again and i said "dr. jones i want that quilt". he said "i told you it's yours. i will have my secretary mail it to you .". two weeks later package appeared in my office. my secretary pearl said "here's a package here for you". i looked and saw it was from friendship church, and i opened it and low and behold there was my beautiful quilt, and when i
that framework to try to craft a proposal to pass both houses of congress. aides say it would likely increase the threshold for tax increases, reversing massive pay cut from medicare doctors, and elections of millions of americans to avoid paying the alternative minimum tax. an increase in the debt ceiling is not part ofhe discussion. that is significant development r house republicans who won any increase in the borrowing limit it accompanied by an equal amount in spending cuts taking the debt ceiling of the table making it much easier for the scaled-down version to be negotiated. from here senate leaders will try to secure an agreement by sunday morning. if so, democrats and republicans will try to sell its house and senate members. if they can do that the voting begins. there is some progress report this evening, though there are no guarantees. congress will act to resolve this. tom: this sounds a little bit like bob woodward's book to by bob woodward's book when he talked about the debt ceiling fight back in 2011. mcconnell, from the way i read it, mcconnell and reid took it away from the
expiration of the farm bill. congress passed a farm bill back in 2007 and it contains as all previous farm bills had subsidies and price supports for dairy products and what happens is the federal government guarantees dairy farmers certain levels of prices for their products. and the government buys up milk, cheese, all sorts of dairy products to make sure that that price level is maintained. now, what is going to happen is the farm bill is supposed to expire at the end of this year or just along with everything else. and there had once been hopes it would be included in some sort of grand bargain with the house and senate. the senate was working on one bill and the house on another type of bill and they never agreed so that is out of the picture. the problem here is the existing farm bill has a clause if it is not renewed if there s no new farm bill passed, then prices will revert to the subsidy structure that existed in 1949. it was double the amount of sub is sidisubsidies that exist toe price levels. that could mean that a gallon of milk which today $3.60 or $3.65 which is the nationa
, they may have to change their position after january 1. congress can always pass something retroactively, which would have an effect retroactively. but the damage would be done to the republican image of being a constructive element in these negotiations. >> the indian student whose gang rape sparked mass protest has died in hospital. doctors treating the 23-year-old said she was showing signs of severe organ failure before she died. the high commission in singapore was at the hospital, and spoke to the media shortly after her death. >> in the end, she succumbed to her injuries. the family of fort is shattered by what happened. at the same time, they realize the critical attention was paid to her. in the end, it was the scale of her injuries that were too much for the medical treatment provided to her to overcome. >> a sad end to the victim's life. tell us about the details coming up from medical sources. >> here, the doctors said her vital signs had been dropping. she had organ failure, damage to her body and brain. she has been in hospital for 10 days. there were daily, up to the our u
into passing a farm bill and now it threatens to sour american's milk if congress takes it over the milk cliff. the temporary solution would be to hold an extension of the existing farm bill into the wider fiscal cliff resolutions and that is not moving. in los angeles, dominic dinatali, fox news. >>> things are going to show up in a different like in between the 13, literally. manufacturers are not going to make 75-watt lightbulbs. the cfl bulb and l.e.d. bulb is replacing them. the idea is to reduce energy use by 75%. >> l.e.d.'s, the biggest claim to fame is that they last a really long time. we're talking about 25,000 to 50,000 hours. and to put that in perspective, if you put a lightbulb in your child's nursery, you probably wouldn't have to change it until junior was ready to go to college. >> the 100-watt bulbs have been phased out. the 60- and 40-watt versions will disappear later. >>> speaking of green initiatives, this is a way to get rid of a real christmas tree. in rhode island, a petting zoo is letting the animals chow down on them. the simons farm has 50 goats and they into pine,
. this was designed by congress to force congress's own hand. if something passes at the last minute, it's a case of at least that part of the system working out, congress doing what it forced itself to do. i think cornell is right about the problem facing republicans right now, right, which is that the incentives for each individual member of the house of representatives, everybody republican member, are in a sense to oppose president obama as strongly as possible because most of them represent safe seats where the biggest danger is a primary challenge from the right. but the incentive for the party as a whole is the legislative landscape is tilted very strongly against republicans right now, taxes are going to go up in some sense no matter what and for the long-term future of the party, it's probably better to retreat and find new ground if fight on. so much you have those sort of duelling imperatives at work. >> thank you both and we'll see what happens on monday. >> more breaking news coming up. a rare case of lawmakers over on the senate side actually getting something done, something that t
's instructed senator harry reid and senator mitch mcconnell to come up with a plan that can pass in congress. his brief comments a short while ago came after a white house meeting today with congressional leaders that ended with no deal. ahead of that, investors lost hope lawmakers can come together in the time remaining. in the last few minutes of trading, stocks sold off. the dow tumbled 158 points, the nasdaq lost 25, and the s&p fell over 15 points. here's darren gersh with more on the critical work that has to get done in washington this weekend. >> port: thpresident declared himself modestly optimistic congress could still reach an agreement to head off huge tax hikes on january first, but he also warned lawmakers to get their work done. >> the american people are not going to have patience with a self-inflicted wound on the economy. >> reporter: senate republican leader mitch mcconnell called the white house meeting a good one and he told his fellow republicans he hoped to have a fiscal cliff recommendation soon. >> we will be working hard to see if we can get there in next 24 hours a
against the wall right now. and as they try to find a plan that can pass congress. let's hope they do. cnn's chief white house correspondent is jessica yellin. she is following the negotiations, working very hard on this saturday. so jess, democrats and republicans are supposedly working on a plan, even as we speak. what do we know about it? >> reporter: well, we know, don, that it's the senate leaders that are hashing this out. and what they're looking to negotiate is a deal that would extend current low tax rates for middle income americans. we don't know the exact threshold levels. so would it be people who make $400,000 and less, would it be $250,000 and less. but something that would extend low rates and then increase them above. extend probably unemployment benefits and some kind of patch for the alternative minimum tax, probably. probably a fix for the doctor to receive medicare payments. and then some other components. this is just based on prior discussions and what we know each side wanted going in. we don't know about the estate tax and some other elements. and we also don't kno
and simply pass them and amend them the way we wanted so we can get the congress. i'm sort of befuddled by that. >> that's a good point. jonathan allen raised an interesting point and it speaks to what you just said as well, david. this is from politico yesterday. a cliff dive means blaming president obama for a big dive in the short term. jonathan allen goes on to say ooh an easier sell to constituents than a pre-cliff deal. are there members holding out to gain political ground back home, marte in? >> i don't think so. i think think that's an awfully cynical view and there are pressures on members that some of your other guests have talked about, some of the tea party members who feel like they might get a primary against them or they might not be able to be reelected if they went down this road. here's the problem. if i understand correctly what happened recently, there are 190 republicans who are ready to vote for plan b. there are 50 republicans who will vote no in the republican conference and so boehner said because he being aren't get 218 votes he would let the 50 who would vote
i doubling. it is it a mechanism that congress needs to update and the senate passed the law and legislation . now for the house leadership to bring it up. it is it simple and uncompplicated provision to do the law. that is fine and you will have many, many government and dairy farmers going out. >> and john, i haven't milked the cow. but that takes a long time. not to mention it is corn and wheat . affect everything we eat for dinner. this is it a tirible policy. i grew up in sweetwater, texas and nearnevermilked a cow . it is expoalates that to the ear 2013 . that's how you come to eight dollars. and according to the provision they can't give it away to charity. they don't have the ability to store all of this. and this is what happens when congress over decade puts band aids on tops of everything. same with the taxes. we are so cash strapped to begin with. and the consumer. and it is helping out. it compounds over and over again . reality is supply and demand even out over time price of milk depending on how much it costs to produce it nothing about the dairy clip but what
passed this session, compare that to 383 bills passed by the previous congress and 460 by the group before that. currently, the 104th congress holds the title of least productive and to avoid that milestone, the current congress needs to send nearly 100 bills to president obama's desk in the next few days. >> that lack of productivity isn't hurting paychecks on capitol hill. even as tax hikes and an unend to unemployment benefits for 2 million people could be on the way because of the fiscal cliff. congress, it's about to get a raise. it's part of an executive order that president obama issued which ends a pay freeze for federal workers. so salaries will go up by .5% after march 27th. that's an extra $900 before taxes. currently members of congress make $174,000 a year except for leaders who make a little more. the last time lawmakers got a pay raise was in 2009. >>> this morning, i want to tell you about the fact that we know the name of a man pushed to his death at a new york city subway station now. he's identified as 46-year-old dusend. a sketch of the suspect. she's described a
the current 112th congress has passed making it the least productive congress on records. the previous record holder the 104th congress passing just 1834 measures. and $200,000. that's the cost of possibly the best wedding gift ever. tickets to space. out of this world gift thank mother for saving her from a fire. winslet married branson's nephew ned rock and roll. >> juliet: that can't be real. >> new last name will be kate rock and roll. >> 20-year-old college student arrested for wearing fake ammunition belt to class. he spent a week in jail before his $50,000 bail was reduced to $500 here is the question we are asking. is this justified because of what happened in new town? let's ask psychothera and school counselor who joins us this morning this kid sounds on the surface wore ammunition belt to school. seems like poor taste right now maybe one thing. but he had a little bit of a history with the police also, too, right? >> it's not halloween it's not a-year-old playing gio in the backyard. three days after the connecticut massacre. other part of this story is he was actually expelled for
the next 24 hours they will try to craft a proposal that can pass both houses of congress. the senate will not be in tomorrow. so congressional leaders can focus on work on the fiscal cliff. some of the buzz around washington has been, if you look at what could possibly pass the house and sena, you're loing at perhaps an income threshold of about four to $500,000 a year, maybe less, to prevent those taxpayers, those amounts from having to pay additional taxes or watching their taxes go up. some of the other proposals on employment insurance. the doc fix, preventing doctors from getting a massive pay cut at the end of the year. right now congressional leaders will try to cobble something tother with democratic and republican votes that can pass both the house and senate. the next 24 hours on this one, adam, very critic. adam: rich, if it is just taxes and extension of unemployment benefits where do they get money to pay for unemployment benefits? we're about to hit the debt ceiling and will have 110 billion in spending cuts come january 1? >> that is what makes this difficult. if the d
working on a fall back plan that can pass both chambers of congress. >> some people will not like it, but that's where we are. >> reporter: president obama is pushing for a stop gap measure that would at least avoid tax increases on people earning less than $250,000. frustration is growing. a simple stop gap percent is not what men -- measure is not what many in washington hoped for. many blame president obama for the collapse of a bigger deal that would reduce spending and cut the country's debt. >> it is the president's responsibility to lay out a plan and to bring people together. >> house members don't get back here tonight sunday night. >>> president david wilson may be getting a remove of sorts after a lengthy public meeting months announced it is negotiating to keep him on until june 2014. his current contract expires in june of 2013. it was a rough year with two shootings on campus. >>> the russian president signed a law banning americans from adopting russian children. a law that people say is heartbreaking and punishes no one but the children. one family says he just signed
to bring anything to congress until it is passed by the house. those tax cuts are expected to expire house speaker john boehner does not want to bring anything until it is passed by the house. >> these everyday workers are going to be paying the price for all of not being able to get anything done. >> catherine: after a break in the rain.yet another round is this is a live look at conditions in san on van ness avenue. i'm in the weather center with jacqueline - who has been tracking this latest >> jacqueline: it has been a bit deceiving. but we are finally seeing rain hit the coast. half moon bay in the last one hour and a san francisco probably seen some sprinkles right now as well. let us to track some of these rainfall totals. not all of this is hitting the ground. there are pockets of yellow is indicating the rainfall in excess of 1 tenths per hour. we could it just see light sprinkles. as we go towards half moon bay. the rainfall totals and of and down the coast as this system continues to process along the coast. light rain towards richmond, berkeley. but one hour before things get s
claim that an achievable plan is one that can pass both houses of congress. republicans agree. the republican controlled house has taken a step in the right direction. the house has already passed bills to protect all americans from burdensome tax increases. in addition, the pass legislation to replace a damaging, across-the-board spending cuts with responsible, targeted ones, and to bring our nation's record debt under control. but instead of working across the aisle and considering the house passed a plan to protect taxpayers, senate democrats spent months throwing partisan lines -- dry partisan lines in the sand. the president pulls a proposal to raise taxes on the top 2.2% of americans will not pay one- third of the interest owed on this massive $16 trillion debt. the tax hike would only fund the government for eight days. americans deserve to know, what does the president propose we do for the other 357 days of the year? inaction should not be an option. the problems facing our country are big. they're not necessarily all that complicated. the president will never have mo
been passed this session, that's compared to 383 bills passed by the previous congress, and 460 by the group before that. now, to avoid the distinction, congress needs to submit about 100 bills to president obama over the next few days. something tells me they're not going to be able to do that. but there is one thing the senate has been able to agree on, getting aid to victims of superstorm sandy. by a 61-33 vote, the chamber passed the measure offering $60 billion in help. it heads to the house which must approve the bill by thursday or else the process has to start all over again. at least 113 people were killed when superstorm sandy hit in late october. the governors of new york and new jersey, the hardest hit states have estimated damages at more than $78 billion with a "b,". >>> the senate has approved a bill extending secret eavesdropping overseas. the measure's headed to president obama. he's expected to sign it. cnn's brian todd takes a closer look at this controversial foreign intelligence surveillance act. >> reporter: he ordered it just after 9/11, and it became one
. but that is not the only thing that this lame-duck congress has to do for the end of the year. the farm bill passed last summer to help farmers hit by the drought has to be extended. into the next year, it must pass. if they do nothing, a gallon of milk go up $6 a gallon. it sure isn't going to help consumers. then there are restrictions on u.s. exporters, lower tariffs in good deal for them. awaiting the attention of lawmakers and again, they are not even paying any attention. and today, they are threatening to do something with the hurricane sandy relief bill. the hurry up and get it done attitude of small-business owners. a 9-foot wave of flood water hit her store. she has pied up the pieces and opened her doors for business. despite losing all her equipment and furnishings, her insurance denied her claim and she got no help from the government. take a look at this. they got her back in the business. it's pretty awesome, right? the party of procrastination can take a lesson from the small-business owner in staten island, new york. congress has nothing to show for itself after two years. coming up nex
-- >>> the -- lower. >>> the price of milk could double if congress and the president do not get it passed. making it it $6 to $8. wheat and corn would not be effected until the spring growing season but those crops face similar issues. >>> amazon says it it had a green christmas. the retailer said holiday sales were the biggest ever. amazon said they had several record-setting days including cybermonday when customers ordered 26.5 million products. ins is tagram lost a quarter of the daily use ers. facebook -- users. base book -- facebook bought it last year. >>> it is now the law in russia, u.s. families are no longer allowed to adopt russian children. the law was signed into law today. it is in retaliation of u.s. law for human right abusers there. a crushing blow for would-be parents here. a hopeful mom spoke about the 3- year-old she is waiting for. >> i love my daughter very much. i miss her. so i want to be reunited with her. and i want to bring her home. >> adoption agencies are protesting the ban in hopes adoptions in progress may go forward. >> reporter: come january 1st, new state law
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in congress is the emergency funding for states ravaged by superstorm sandy. the senate passed 60.4 billion in aid yesterday, but the house has yet to act. nine weeks after sandy hit, the need for help is immense. >> this is my house, this was my dream, you know, this was the american dream. >> reporter: when hurricanes or floods threaten pedro's house in the past, somehow it always survived. but as sandy belted sta ten island two months ago, correa knew right away this storm was different. >> i looked out the window and seen my car, it was moving. i said wow the win must be really ripping, and i looked closer and it was floating. >> reporter: he had already vaked his wife and two children. he and his brother were trying to save the house. sandy gave them no chance. >> out of the corner of my eye i see my neighbor's house floating, and it crashed into mine and knocked it off the foundation. >> reporter: they turned the dining room table into a raft to escape the house. when it broke they jumped to another house floating by and landed in a near by marsh. his house wound up there too. >> amaz
. >> in the weekly address they say congress must meet the deadline and pass a balanced plan that offers middle class tax cuts and reduces spending in a responsible manner. >> the president's proposal to raise taxes on the top 2% of americans won't pay a third of the yearly interest that's owed on this massive 16 trillon dollar debt. >> missouri senator roy blunt gave the gop weekly address. he said the president's tax hike would only fund the government for eight days. >> if no deal is reached here is a look at what could happen. 1.2million out of work americans will loose their extended unemployment benefits. california would be hit the hardest. 400,000 will loose those benefits and the bay area will certainly feel the sting. more than 22,000 in alameda and contra costa could be affected. >>> california is bracing for a stalemate. the state controller's office is advicing the departments use 2001 tax rates to work out the next round of state worker paychecks. social security specifically will take out another 2%. if the so-called fiscal cliff is a verted they will reimburse workers. they are adv
, which then-president harry truman called the do-nothing congress, it managed to pass 906 bills into law. think about that as you watch the next report about one of the few things lawmakers seem to agree on, dismantling a little known office that's designed for one simple thing, keeping them honest. >> what is outrageous about it is you see members of congress on both sides saying they have zero tolerance for unethical conduct, but behind closed doors, they're quietly trying to kill the one body in congress that is trying to seriously go after unethical members. >> melanie sloan is director of c.r.e.w. or citizens for responsibility and ethics in washington. she's talking about the office of congressional ethics, the only government body outside of congress whose sole mandate is to formally investigate members inside congress, but many of the same members of congress want the oce gone. >> the oce has forces members of congress to take ethics more seriously. it has forced the ethics committee to act and let all members of congress know they can't skate by like they have for so many years
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that they hope can pass both chambers of congress. and make it to the president's desk before monday's midnight deadline. chief congressional correspondent mike emmanuel has more on this. what are the latest on these talks to avoid a fiscal catastrophe? >> the key negotiators have been tight lipped, which may be a good sign talking to one another and not to reporters. senate majority leader harry reid and mitch mcconnell asked president obama and other congressional leaders to give them time to work on a compromise deal, recognizing time is running out. again today, the president emphasized the need for action. >> and congress can prehave not it from happening if they act now. leaders in congress are working on a way to prevent this tax hike on the middle class and i believe we may be able to reach an agreement that can pass both houses in time. >> we are told conversations are taking place. meanwhile, house republicans are due to meet tomorrow evening. it was originally scheduled for monday morning. it's not clear if they'll have the details of a deal, but the thinking seems to be getting ever
and senate republican leader mcconnell agreed to spend the weekend working on plan that will be able to pass both chambers of congress. in assessing the impact of the cuts we relied on the study from george mason university taking a broad look at where the cuts would come. drill down into specifics we call head start program. we called health care centers and laboratories and anybody who would rely on federal money this might be cut and what we were told universally is that nobody really had an idea of which programs would be cut and which programs would be spared. they are all waiting for the word from congress. like the rest of us. 7 news. >> and we wait. warning tonight from pg&e. utility is sending out tweet right now warning people that a man with hispanic accent is calling senior citizens and ease telling them the service will be cut off unless they provide credit card or gift card information pg&e tells us it's a scam. utility will never ask for that kind of personal information over the phone and they want anyone who has been targeted to contact police medley to rundown who th
? >> was that the pablem strategy, gary? >> that's what we're going to get anyway. >> six months ago we passed on the horrible sequestration things so congress can have time and solve this, where did it get us? nowhere. and there's a reason people don't trust this congress, they haven't earned one eye o iota. >> and got their vacations. >> let's talk the economy. the economy is right on that precipice. if we were to just take a shot into, you know, the back side here, you know, our consumer confidence has been dropping week by week and we'll get right back into slow growth and then we'll freak out and do something more stupid. >> you were smirking, jonas. >> to get to your original question of the stock market, i think if they did nothing, but kick the can an entire year with all of these things and pushed the whole thing the next holiday season and holiday sales like this year, i think the market would go up, wall street is happy with pushing the problem down the road even though it should be addressed sooner than that. i don't think it's good for the stock market in the short run to solve th
congress and bans assault rifles in the wake of the new town shootings. a $60 billion relief package approved for victims of hurricane sandy pass 62-32 in the senate. its fate in the senate -- in the house remains uncertain. republicans have criticized the bill for including projects they say are unrelated to hurricane sandy, such as $150 million for fisheries disasters. coming up, it is a clear night but things will be changing soon. the "storm watch forecast. plus what this unsuspecting virginia woman got instead of an ipad. >> new at 11:00, same-sex couples in maryland are counting down the hours to the new year, when they will legally be allowed to marry. we talked to a silver spring couple about their plans and why the law means so much to them. >> days away from the data have been waiting for since they met. -- the day they have been waiting for since they met. they will be one of the first couple's to wed with me same-sex marriage law takes effect new year's day. the couple will be on the eastern shore to exchange bows. >> we, were part of a pioneer of movement, just like the
. that was president obama lamenting the state of affairs in washington, d.c. indeed, today's congress is on track to go down as the least productive congress since recordkeeping began. the 112th congress will come to a merciful end in early january. it has passed 219 bills that have actually been signed into law by president obama, according to the "huffington post." many of them insignificant measures like naming post offices. speaker john boehner's congress is about to take the prize for inaction. this is not a bipartisan problem. as stated by both liberal and conservative analysts, "we have been studying washington politics and congress for more than 40 years, and never have we seen them this dysfunctional in our past writerings. we have criticized both parties when we believed it was warranted. today, however, we have no choice but to acknowledge that the core of the problem lies with the republican party." let's not forget that this was also the year that senator mitch mcconnell filibustered his own bill, an act that drew the utter consternation of senator dick durbin. >> so this may be a mo
over and over, the second pass a record low number of those pixel of the congress that were not imposing regulations and not increasing taxes. that's way one of looking on it. the way most people look at it attested to by record low popularity approval rating is that this is a congress that has been defined by dysfunction of the law, a congress in which has never been writer than none and where compromise is really seem to be a foreign-policy, a policy foreign to the roast great deliberative body. >> to think of people who ran in 2010 and got elected with the people who ran before it ended now ascended to of leadership leave no with a solution or they were elected to not do things as opposed to do things? >> again, from the class of 2010 and now i refer to the 87 freshman, the so-called tea party class of the 112 congress, their belief is they are doing precisely what the people who elected them wish to do, which is rollback obama initiatives to cut spending. a lot of them thought the debt ceiling should not be increased under any circumstances and to that degree feel like i
that you need 2/3 of each chambers of the congress to amend the constitution but if it came to pass, when would the lame duck status kick in? because you might remember from george w. bush's second term, he became a lame duck when he was yesterday's news and everybody was moving on the next president and ronald reagan asked if he would run a second term, he goes i couldn't tell you that. because everything i do would be as judging as having an electoral implication. one of the more surprising elements of my research was that about three in four fundraisers that presidents have been not for the re-election campaign leading up to the re-election campaign but for other elements on the party and there's a chapter called the president is party builder and chief and much of what the president does is campaign for fellow democrats can or fellow republicans. and the president has already raised money in the special senate election in massachusetts to fill john kerry's seat, ronald reagan held more fundraisers in the second term than his first. bill clinton has done more than his first and george
that spending is controlled by the house and not the senate, and he says you guys pass something. they were going to pass it anyway and it is the house that is the problem, and always has been, and this is the same congress behaving this way for two years. >> thank you, joy reid, and thank you, clarence page. we have a great programming note. sunday, barack obama will be david gregory's guest. i think you can bet that david will ask him all about the fiscal cliff talks. that is on "meet the press." >>> and what became of john boehner because not long ago he was the leader of a powerful leader of the house, but now he can't get his caucus to vote on the much approved plan b, and he is on the sidelines watching the fiscal cliff with the rest of us. this is "hardball." [ mother ] you can't leave the table till you finish your vegetables. [ clock ticking ] [ male announcer ] there's a better way... v8 v-fusion. vegetable nutrition they need, fruit taste they love. could've had a v8. or...try kids boxes! >>> welcome back to "hardball." the president has made clear he wants a deal, but just how w
very confident from conversations i've had that it would pass. >> nbc's luke russert. always appreciate the insights. >> nbc news senior political editor mike murray also digging this joining me live. president obama using the bully pulpit of his office to put pressure on congress. "meet the press" tomorrow and take a listen to part of what he said yesterday afternoon. take a listen. >> if an agreement isn't reached in time between senator reid and senator mcconnell, then i will urge senator reid to bring to the floor a basic package for an up or down vote. >> up or down vote. what kind of pressure would that put on members of congress? >> this is all about the blame game, craig. it takes 60 votes to do almost anything in the u.s. senate. for president obama calling for an up or down vote, for the senate which rarely happens he would be saying if any republican or groups of republicans ends up blocking the legislation, they would be the ones who would be blamed for going over the fiscal cliff and luke russert just outlined something else, too, if you even get 60 votes that then goes to
making it a super majority. where you would would need more han that simple majority to pass the bills. they rejected that big time. in a federalist, alexander hamilton wrote that a super majority congress would serve to, "embarrass the administration, destroy the energy of government, and substitute the pleasure, caprice or artifices of an insignificant, turbulent, or corrupt junta to the regular deliberations and decisions of a respectable majority." good writer, that hamilton. but in recent years, the senate has been remade into a super majority constitution. disturb institution. you need 60 votes to get almost anything done. between 2009 and 2010, we had more filibusters than we had in the '50s, '60s, and '70s combined. and they're not filibusters like we think of them, where the senators go to the floor and debate an issue until they keel over from exhaustion. they're just obstruction. if you watch a filibuster today, it doesn't look like anything. it's the blue screen on c-span, the one with the classical music playing over it. you don't tune in to here an intense minority demand
this session compared to 383 bills passed by the previous congress and 460 by the group before that. now to avoid the distinction, congress needs to submit about 100 bills to president obama in the next few days. >>> that lack of productivity isn't hurting paychecks on capitol hill. even as tax hikes and an end to unemployment benefits for two million people could be on the way because of the fiscal cliff, congress, though, hey, about to get a raise. part of an executive order that president obama issued which ends a pay freeze for federal workers. their salaries, yeah, they'll if up by half a percent after march 27. that's an extra $900 before taxes. currently members of congress make $174,000 a year except for leaders who make a little more. the last time there was a pay raise was 2009. >>> there is one thing the senate has agreed on, getting aid to victims of superstorm sandy. by a 61-33 vote the chamber passed a measure offering $60 billion in help. it heads to the house which must approve the bill by thursday or else the process to consider the money has to start all over again. at
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